Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bigfoot




Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) is the name given to a cryptid ape- or hominid-like creature that is said to inhabit forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid.
Bigfoot is described in reports as a large hairy ape-like creature, in a range of 2–3 m (6.6-9.8 ft) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.

The first scientific study of available evidence was conducted by John Napier and published in his book, Bigfoot: The Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality, in 1973.
There are several organizations dedicated to the research and investigation of Bigfoot sightings in the United States. The oldest and largest is the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO). The BFRO also provides a free database to individuals and other organizations. Their website includes reports from across North America that have been investigated by researchers to determine credibility.



Thursday, 19 March 2015

David Lang - the farmer

David Lang was said to be a farmer who lived near Gallatin, Tennessee. On September 23, 1880 he supposedly vanished into thin air while walking through a field near his home. His wife, children, and two men who were passing by in a buggy all witnessed his disappearance. By nightfall, all the neighbors were involved in the search and, by lantern, they checked every foot of the field, stamping their feet to try to detect any holes that Mr. Lang might have fallen into. Nothing was found. 

Months after the occurrence in 1881, Lang's children noticed that the grass at the site of their father's disappearance had grown strange and yellow, and formed a circle with a fifteen-foot diameter. Sarah called to her father and seemingly as a result, both the children heard him faintly calling for help, over and over, until his voice faded away.

It is more likely that the tale of David Lang was invented by the mystery-novel writer Stuart Palmer. In July 1953 Palmer published the earliest known account of the Lang story in FATE Magazine. Palmer's article was almost certainly the source that both Wilkins and Edwards later relied upon.

Palmer claimed that the tale had been told to him by Sarah Lang, the daughter of David Lang. But in reality, Palmer probably lifted the idea for the tale from a short story by Ambrose Bierce, "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field," which Bierce included in his story collection Can Such Things Be? (1893). Bierce's story describes a plantation owner who vanishes into thin air. In his 1953 article, Palmer claimed that Bierce's story was inspired by the Lang incident. However, the opposite is most likely true -- the Lang tale written by Palmer is almost certainly a reworking of Bierce's story.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Edgar Allen Poe's Richard Parker

Famed writer Edgar Allan Poe wrote 70 poems and 66 short stories during his 40 years on this planet, but published only one novel. "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" told the story of four sailors adrift at sea. The crew of a ship called Grampus finds themselves with a busted boat and no food or water. They manage to catch a tortoise and strip off its shell, but eventually, in order to survive, the crew draws straws to figure out which of them will be sacrificed to provide meat for everyone else. The death straw goes to a former mutineer named Richard Parker, who is promptly stabbed to death; his head, hands and feet thrown overboard. 

Forty-six years later, an English vessel, the Mignonette, set off for Australia on July 5, 1884. On their way, the yacht was damaged in a gale. The four-man crew was forced to retreat into their 13-foot lifeboat. Seven hundred miles from land and without any real food source, the men were slowly starving. The other men rationalized that they had wives and families and that the 16-year-old cabin boy, Richard Parker, was dying anyway. They killed him by slicing his jugular with a penknife.
The three remaining crew members fed on Parker's body and were later rescued. Was this just a crazy coincidence or did Poe also possess the ability to predict the future?